Active Across Ages was funded by Youth Sport Trust International and Sir John Beckwith Charitable Trust. It was delivered by the Youth Sport Trust (YST) who developed an action-based research project focussed on intergenerational activity inspired and facilitated through the power of play and sport. The key aims of Active Across Ages were to:
- Facilitate social mixing to promote social wellbeing
- Enhance physical and mental wellbeing
- Boost social action and social capital
- Establish credible and impactful models of intergenerational activity for future use.
The Active Across Ages pilot was delivered across five discrete geographical locations across the country. Each location had a lead school and a partner school, and the schools identified at least one older person’s setting to partner with for the project. Young people from the schools were trained as Activity Buddies and worked with the older people to deliver activities, with a focus on physical activity, that both the old and young could enjoy together. The project ran from December 2018 to February 2020.
An evaluation of Active Across Ages was conducted by YST Research and peer reviewed by Professor Andy Jones at the University of East Anglia; this final report presents the evaluation findings.